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ISIS supporters in Malaysia, and plans to make a “dirty bomb”

The militants had hoped to transform low-grade radioactive Thorium 232 (Th-232) into deadly Uranium 233 (U-233). When combined with powerful home-made explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP), the concoction can create a “nuclear bomb”, according to an instruction manual used by the militants and reviewed by Reuters.

IS supporters in Malaysia may build bombs with radioactive materials,  Today online 02 JANUARY, 2018, KUALA LUMPUR — Fears are growing that fighters from the Islamic State (IS) group, including their sympathisers in Malaysia, may attempt to build bombs using radioactive materials.

This concern is especially real as the Malaysian police have recorded no less than 20 cases involving radioactive and nuclear materials which have “gone missing” over recent years.While some may have been retrieved, the whereabouts of many others remain unknown.

Perturbed by the combination of “missing radioactive goods and IS”, sources in security agencies said it was crucial for the counter-terrorism division to aggressively trace the missing radioactive materials.Normally, these cases will be investigated by the police’s Criminal Investigation Department. However, it should not be treated as a usual case of theft,” the sources said.

“There is a need to trace who the perpetrators are, their background, contacts and find out their motives. These are all vital information that must be cross-checked to ensure that these dangerous materials do not fall into the wrong hands.”

The sources also warned that terrorists might make use of radioactive and nuclear materials which had not been categorised as “controlled items”.

“There are two groups of radioactive and nuclear materials: those which are controlled and monitored by the authorities, and the others that we cannot control as they are stolen or improperly disposed off.”

Concerns about security threats in South-east Asia intensified when Indonesian security forces recently foiled an attempt by militants to detonate a dirty bomb.A dirty bomb is a conventional bomb that contains radioactive material.

The plot was foiled when police raided homes and arrested five suspects in Bandung, West Java in August last year. After the raids, police spoke of a plan to explode a “chemical” bomb but provided no other details.

The militants had hoped to transform low-grade radioactive Thorium 232 (Th-232) into deadly Uranium 233 (U-233). When combined with powerful home-made explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP), the concoction can create a “nuclear bomb”, according to an instruction manual used by the militants and reviewed by Reuters.

Malaysia has been on high alert since gunmen linked to the IS launched multiple attacks in Jakarta in January 2016 and has arrested hundreds of people over the past few years for suspected links to militant groups, and has arrested hundreds of people over the past few years for suspected links to militant groups.

Malaysia’s Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) director-general Hamrah Mohd Ali cautioned the authorities against underestimating terrorists’ knowledge and capabilities in utilising radioactive and nuclear materials to produce dirty bombs.

He said his agency had, several times, found abandoned radioactive materials with unclear origins and purpose……. http://www.todayonline.com/world/supporters-malaysia-may-build-bombs-radioactive-materials

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January 3, 2018 - Posted by | Malaysia, thorium, weapons and war

1 Comment »

  1. ISIS already have access to HEU, they don`t have to make it .. From 12 months ago
    Over 4 million Dollars of Depleted Uranium being sold on Black market #UNSCEAR #IAEA -Censored

    Links to the story in the description on YouTube video and here are 2 articles done on nuclear-news.net covering the story.

    India to host international nuclear security meet next week after nuclear materials were found near Mumbai https://nuclear-news.net/2017/02/05/india-to-host-international-nuclear-security-meet-next-week-after-nuclear-materials-were-found-near-mumbai/

    ISIS and nuclear Armageddon? – Exclusive to nuclear-news.net https://nuclear-news.net/2017/12/13/isis-and-nuclear-armageddon-exclusive-to-nuclear-news-net-2/

    Comment by arclight2011part2 | January 3, 2018 | Reply


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